Readers of this page may recall earlier this year when I shared some of my experiences as a new father.
How time has flown! After an amazing year filled with all kinds of firsts, I’ve developed a new appreciation for activities and people in the community who do not receive enough credit for the profound impact they have on others.
One example is the Baby Rhyme Time program organized by the Winnipeg Public Library for 20 minutes each week at the Charleswood Library. Not only is it an enjoyable way to expose your child to the wonders of libraries and a great opportunity to meet and socialize with other parents, it is led by staff who are an absolute joy to be around. If you’re a new parent it’s definitely worth checking out.
Around my home our new normal is daycare, for which we are fortunate to have secured a spot. This is a nerve-racking time as you face the reality of returning to work and shifting your infant into the care of someone else.
The staff at my son’s daycare (Kidz Korner) couldn’t have been more helpful during the transition. They have gone out of their way to make him feel welcome, from warmly greeting him upon his arrival to extra hugs during the day to help ease any separation anxieties. They’ve patiently answered every question my wife and I could throw their way, all the while assuring us that we are welcome to call or drop by anytime. And they’ve done this with us knowing there is a room full of infants that also need attention.
Until I became a parent I never really considered the important work of child care workers or the contributions that they make in the lives of community members.
According to research, the benefits are twofold: while children and families benefit directly from their work, local economies also benefit because those employed in the sector contribute to the economic life of municipalities and access to child care programs enables parents to work if they so choose.
David Hultin is a community correspondent for Charleswood.